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Spotlight on Louis Antoine Smith MBE: A Gymnastics Sensation 🏆

Updated: Feb 20

Louis Antoine Smith MBE, a retired British artistic gymnast, has left an indelible mark on the world of gymnastics with his exceptional talent and achievements. Born on April 22, 1989, his journey in the sport has been nothing short of extraordinary. Let's take a closer look at some of the highlights of his illustrious career.



Olympic Success:

  • Louis earned three Olympic medals on the pommel horse: a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a silver at the 2012 London Olympics, and another silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • In 2012, he was part of the Great Britain team that won a bronze medal in the men's artistic team all-around at the London Olympics.

Historic Achievements:

  • At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Louis became the first British gymnast to win a medal in an individual gymnastics event since 1928.

  • He is the second gymnast ever to win three successive Olympic pommel horse medals, following in the footsteps of Marius Urzică.

  • Louis won the European Championship title on the pommel horse in 2015, representing Great Britain.

Beyond Gymnastics:

  • Apart from his athletic career, Louis has ventured into various entertainment fields. He won the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing and the 2021 series of The Masked Dancer.

  • Louis also made appearances in musical shows like Rip it Up the 60s and the 70s.

Early Life and Challenges:

  • Louis was born in Peterborough and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at a young age.

  • He devoted himself to gymnastics from an early age, sacrificing other pursuits to excel in the sport.


Junior and Senior Career Highlights:

  • Louis showcased his talent early in his career, winning European titles on the pommel horse in 2004 and 2006.

  • He secured a bronze medal at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.

  • At the 2010 World Championships, Louis took the silver medal on the pommel horse.

Retirement and Comeback:

  • After retiring in 2013, Louis made a comeback and won a bronze medal in the pommel horse finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Louis Antoine Smith's impact on gymnastics and entertainment is undeniable, and his dedication to the sport continues to inspire aspiring athletes worldwide.





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